Final suspect in strip club robbery returned to Phoenix

William Herbert Mayes

William Herbert Mayes

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 9:57 AM

PHOENIX – The fourth suspect in an armed robbery at a strip club that resulted in the shooting of a police officer and a volunteer sheriff's posse member has been brought back to Phoenix following his arrest in New York City last month.

Police said William Herbert Mayes, 30, was the final suspect sought in the robbery case. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail Thursday night on one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Three other men have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the robbery and subsequent shooting of Phoenix police Officer Scott Sefranka and Phillip Grigg on New Year's Eve.

According to police, Jason Beau Keep masterminded a plot to rob his former employer and recruited others to carry out the plan. Keep believed there was up to $500,000 in the safe at the Pink Rhino Cabaret. The plot fell apart when the suspects spotted a large crowd outside the club.

Instead, police said Roger Allen Sharp and David Lee Murray Jr. followed two employees and robbed them of $18,000 outside an IHOP. The pair crashed their car into Grigg's vehicle while fleeing from Sefranka.

Police said Sharp shot Sefranka and Grigg during a confrontation.

Sharp faces charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, unlawful flight, resisting arrest, burglary and prohibited possessor.

Murray faces two counts of armed robbery. Keep faces one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Sefranka is still recovering from his injuries and Grigg is still hospitalized in critical but stable condition.


 

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